This recipe blog starting way back when I was busy working in Corporate Consulting. Having left that work I now work as a lifestyle medicine health coach (Qualified!) and help people improve their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about food, being fit and being well as well as curious about new ingredients and love feeding people.
I have coauthored a book with my husband Dominic Munnelly entitled Move Train Nourish, The Sustainable Way to a Healthier You and you can find it here
I’m really interested in the link between what we eat and how we feel . I try to buy the best quality ingredients available and am so thankful I live in Ireland where we have access to such good produce and ingredients. I don’t believe in the concept of cheat day as I don’t think that is a good way to have to think about food.
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Enjoy….it.is a love affair…food I mean…passionate,frustrating..sometimes the oven wins but the adventure is the best…………the simplest ingedients brought to a new plane….like pan fried tomatoes,,,,,boring,,,,BUT add a good glug of balsamic vinegar and let thrm go sticky…….well …..just try
enjoy it grainne!
Hi, Thanks for your comments. Happy to take requests and if I have a good recipe I like, I will post. I dont include nutritional data for my recipes as Im not qualified in that department but will indicate highlights in future such as high in protein, good fats etc. Thanks for that.
Your blog is so fresh and pretty! With the New Year fast approaching, I will be thinking more about healthy eating and less about puff pastry. Your posts and recipes will certainly help!
Thank you. I’m always on the lookout for recipes which nourish and make us feel good so glad you enjoy. I love your photos by the way!..
Hi grainne, Marie and I have logged in to get the recipe of the delicious crab creme brulee you did for last night’s party. Great website and amazing food . Anne H.
Hi Grainne,I was just wondering where you take gymnastics,I’d love to do a beginners class!
Hi there, I do it at Trojans on ballyogan road. It’s great fun. I did it in my youth so apart from being a fab workout it is fun trying out the moves again..
Great blog Grainne – the Crab Brulee looks intriguing – now I’ll have something to try out in the flat !!!
Hi Paul, Happy new year and thanks!… Im guessing when you hear that the crab can be bruleed with a blow torch and you will be even more interested in trying it out!!…
I am really impressed with your blog. Your food tastes fantastic and your blog looks really great – brillant recipes, well laid out and really pretty to look at too! Thanks for all the fantastic veggie recipes too!
Thanks Sinead. I will post the risotto cakes soon too!.
Love your blog and who you are. It tells so much about you and how you live life- I just love it. I will periodically stop in and say hello and see how life is going,
with you. Cheers from the USA
Looks great Grainne, will definitely be stealing a few recipes! xx
Thank you!..look forward to hearing what ones you like. X
Thanks Grainne,you and your husband both have a great setup
Hi 🙂 Stopped by to say thanks for stopping in at my blog and for the like. Wow … you are fortunate to have been granted a year off to have fun! 🙂 Enjoy your time and cooking and of course your little one. 🙂
thank you so much. Yes it has been amazing to have the time off, I love every minute of it. Thanks for the hello and love your blog and your blog name too!..
Hi Grainne, I discovered your site through Dominic in CFI, I just love it 🙂
I’m looking for recipe for a protein snack for when I’m in work – can you recommend anything that I could prepare at the beginning of the week and will last through out?
Thanks a mill 🙂
thanks for your nice comments on my site. Here are my thoughts – A protein snack based on meat fish eggs cottage cheese etc would just not be nice after three days so you will have to make it at least once during the week.
The other option then is to use a protein powder and make some snacks from that such as paleo bars or balls from nuts chocolate, coconut etc – Im sure you have seen Dom’s bars.
For myself in work I usually prepare one or more of hummous, beetroot dip, cottage cheese dips, bring veggies, some hard boiled eggs and some slow roasted nuts and keep them in my little cooler bag if a fridge is not handy. All these dip recipes are on my blog if you check the index.
Hope this helps!.
Hi Grainne, thanks for gettng back to me on this. Im going to try the paleo bars and balls (i didnt think of putting protein powder in them). Thanks a mill 🙂
Enjoy your time off to indulge your love for cooking. I look forward to reading more about your recipes, and will check back soon!
Thank you for stopping bye.
Thank you for stopping by !
I’m going to try your sweet sweet potatos this weekend…they sound delicious. Have to buy some sweet paprika though! Keep up the good work with the recipes!
hot oven and don’t overload the tray are the only tricks to watch out for!! Enjoy
hi – i love ur pics – they are amazing, i made ur hummus and added some grilled red pepper and chilli – delish 😉
Hi tara, thanks for your nice comments about my pics. Your hummus sounds lovely, I love chilli so must try!.
Wonderful site Grainne. I may as well post you a really simple pasta dish I like to make that incorporates your mentioned favorite ingredients.
Spaghetti al Limone
Spaghetti – Good quality or even make your own if you have time, enough for the number of diners
bunch of Basil leaves – as little or as much as you like
Grated Parmesan – again as little or as much as you like
Juice of half a lemon or a full lemon for larger numbers- A slightly sweeter lemon is nice for this especially Amalfi if you can get them
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – About 2 tablespoons – more or less on taste or numbers is fine
Sea Salt – to taste
Black Pepper – to taste
Simply cook your pasta, drain and put back into the pan. tear up your basil leaves and scatter most in. Add the lemon juice the extra virgin olive oil the salt and pepper and most of the parmesan, Combine in the pan and place into serving bowls. Now a final few shreds of basil and grated parmesan on top of the spaghetti. All that remains is some garlic bread or nice bread for mopping up the sauce and your glass of red, white, rose or bubbles. Italian simplicity at its very best. You can be sitting down to this 15 minutes after starting it.
Yummy Donald! sounds very tasty and best of all quick to the table!.
Hi Grainne!Your blog is beautiful! Loved the food pictures and recipes are great! I want to try Italian food at home and so would love to read your future posts! Thanks.
thanks for your lovely comments. Cooking is my passion, and Italian food is one of my favourites, Im definitely due a visit there soon. Thanks for droppin in!.
Hiya, that’s gas you found me. Hope all is well and let me know if you try anything!!
OMG ! A blog by somebody I know !!! Keep up the good (non-technology) work – and I’ll attempt the odd recipie
Enjoyed many so far but have you any recipes up your sleeves for party finger food that you’d care to share? Red
brought some in, will drop them to you to look at. Also the thai meatballs and chilli jam recipe on my site is great if you do them as tiny little cocktail size ones .
Also these are handy – lamb and harissa rolls
Hi Grainne! It’s me, The Saffron Girl, stopping by to say hello and check out your cool blog! I wanted to subscribe, but don’t see a subscribe button?
Hi, thank you for stopping by, lovely to have you here. I don’t have one (omission) but will add one!! Thank you and see you soon.
Congratulations for your blog Grainne, I love wine and I’ll try some fine-tune pairing with your inspiring recipes, greetings from Italy
Hello and thanks for dropping in. I look forward to hearing what nice wines you might recommend, ciao,
I identify with the “Italian in a former life” thought. I often think that there’s no way I can be so addicted to pasta without some Mediterranean blood in my veins 🙂
I get that!, Nice to meet you here and thanks for stopping in.
hey.. I got your link from Dominics site. Its great. me and my partner are cooking up a storm.. I am sending the links on to other people but believe it or not some folks ( my ma ) don’t use Facebook or the internet too much or at all.I would like to print out your recipes and put it in a binder for her. I wont blank out your page etc it would be a straight print from your site…would this be ok?
Nice blog, I will keep an eye on it. I’m Italian and I lived in Ireland for 3 years so I guess I’ll spot some cultural influences here and there hehe 🙂
It was one of the best times of my life!
Did you live in Italy at some point?
Yes, I lived n Rome during 2003/2004 and I loved loved it!!
Ah nice, you must have picked up a lot of cooking tricks then 😉
I love this blog! I have a DIY app where you can post pictures and show people how to create your delicious recipes. Would you be interested in trying it??
Hey I’m client of Dominic’s and he referred me to ur site some time ago,u just wondering where is best to buy almond flour or coconut flour?? Finding it hard to find..!! By the way Great site, im not the best in the kitchen but it really helps and made easy…
Hi billy, great you like the site. You will find almond flour in most supermarkets, called almond meal or ground almonds. Coconut flour, I usually buy in Asia markets like the one on Drury st. I use coconut flour less often to be honest as it leaves a very distinct coconut taste which des not suit everything. Hope this helps!
You have a lovely blog….
Thank you so much, very kind
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Another Dominic client here. Love your site. Many of your recipes are now common place in my weekly dinners and healthy snacks. Need to try out some more! My mom is hooked now too after sampling your recipes chez nous and really wants you to publish a book (old school). Keep ’em coming!
Hi Niamh, thank you so much for your lovely note. It’s great to hear you enjoy my hobby!. thanks a mil. grainne
Hi Grainne, I love your blog and can’t wait to try all your recipes. I went to school with you in Kilmacud & was in your class so was thrilled to read this and delighted to hear you are doing & looking so well! Greetings from South Carolina, U S A
Hi There, OMG thank you for your message, you are so kind. I am doing well, and very happy to hear that you like my blog- its my hobby to keep me sane. How are you and what has you in SC? g. x
Yes I have lived and worked here for many years and I have one daughter, we are all fine and hope everything is well with you and your family. thanks so much for replying and best wishes to all., G x
Thanks Geraldine, lovely to hear from you, my daughter is 7 and such a joy. I had a few tough years but things are really great now. So nice of you to get in touch, take care and let me know how you get on with the recipes! G x
I’ve just discovered your page and yesterday made your energy boosting bars…WOW!! They are fantastic!! I can’t wait to try some more recipes.
thank you , that is so nice to hear.
Hello, been a fan of your blog for sometime now and only last night actually made your spelt and oat fruit bars, they are delicious, they wont last long… looking forward to trying more of your recipes soon. Thank you
Sorry I took so long in replying but we were on hols…that is supper to hear, thank you so much. G.
Love the blog, cheers for sharing all your tips, some fantastic recipes.
Quick Question, do you use any particular type or brand of honey for different recipes, or do you use one type/brand for all ?
Hiya, thanks for the kind words. Honey is one of those pricy ingredients so when I’m making flapjacks I just tend to buy the honey in Lidl or Aldi. If I’m doing something which showcases the honey such as with goats cheese, or figs then I try buy good Irish honey if possible and hide it so that Dom doesnt nab it too often!. hope this helps. grainne/